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The Montana Tunnels Discovery


Many prospectors and exploration teams deliberately avoid small tracts of land for various understandable reasons. However, in hopes that I might encourage some of my fellow prospectors to think more kindly of small tracts, I’d like to...

What Equipment Do I Need?


Getting started in prospecting often requires the purchase of some equipment, but one can spend as little as $10 and be finding gold or spend thousands and also be finding gold—yet you will probably have many more opportunities and possibilities with more and better equipment. 

Small-Scale Miners Rock the Mining World


With the high price of gold, there are many new prospectors out in the hills all over the United States, and while we would all prefer to be finding those larger nuggets, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes all that is available is nothing more than a few small flakes. The truth is, new prospectors are sprouting up all across the planet—especially in the developing nations.

The Bawl Mill


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Drywashing Alluvial Placers


Portable, hand-operated, bellows drywashers have been used for over a hundred years to recover gold in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, California and Nevada. Drywashers were considered a last resort over...

Placer vs. Lode Gold


For centuries gold has been a symbol of wealth for both individuals and nations. Because of its chemical and physical resistance it has been widely sought after by early explorers whose only motive was to find new sources of gold.

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